Diabetes Management

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Diabetes management requires awareness. A person should know what makes blood sugar rise and fall. Dr. Edward Hill has some tips for diabetes management in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

If you have type 2 diabetes, either your body does not produce enough insulin or your cells ignore the insulin.

Typically, insulin takes sugar, or glucose, from the blood into the cells. But when glucose builds up in the blood instead of going to cells, you may experience symptoms such as foot, skin, eye and heart problems.

If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you may think dealing with your illness boils down to one word: sugar.

While maintaining proper sugar or glucose levels in your blood is crucial to combating diabetes, experts say its just one part of a successful strategy. For most people, overall weight loss is the key to managing the disease.

Even if youre saddled with a strong family history of the disease rather than poor eating habits, your diabetes can still improve when youre less sedentary and focus on healthy weight loss. By working with your physician and other medical professionals, such as a dietitian, you can make a big difference in your diabetes.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.